Up to 5 million rubles or 5 years in prison: Putin signed a law on the “desecration” of St. George ribbons
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The new law even applies to the actions of users on the Internet, which may fall under the category of “desecration “.
From today in Russia, they will be imprisoned for five years for defiling the St. George ribbon. The relevant law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The document secured the status of the “St. George's Ribbon” as one of the symbols of Russia's military glory and the victory of the USSR in World War II.
For desecration of the “St. George's Ribbon”, a fine of up to 3 million or up to 3 years in prison for the main offense is now provided.
If the crime was committed by a group of persons by prior agreement or on the Internet, then the amount of the fine is increased to 5 million rubles. Violators also face up to 5 years in prison.
Note that the corresponding bill was adopted by the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the third reading on December 20, 2022. The authors of the bill were Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia Party Andrey Turchak and Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society Olga Zanko.
At the same time, in Ukraine and a number of other states, the St. George Ribbon is banned as a symbol of Russian aggression. In our country, this Russian symbol was banned in June 2017.
Focus also wrote that in January 2018, Belarusian tourists in Bukovel were fined for the “St. George ribbon”. Demonstration of the forbidden symbol cost the Belarusians 2,250 UAH.